Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Empire of Lust by Rina Kent

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Empire of Lust; Empire #4
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: May 5, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers/Workplace/Contemporary Romance

Author: Rina Kent

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Amazing end to the Empire series; lusty, possessive, obsessive, and full of explosive passion. Kingsley and Aspen walk that thin line between love and hate and their story knocks it out of the park.

These two have been at each other’s throats for years, but they always say hate is a closer emotion to love than you would ever think. Kingsley and Aspen’s verbal sparring is top notch and their competitive nature is unlike others in their firm. While they are both lawyers, who by nature tend to have inflated egos and a higher ambition to begin with, these two constantly share a hate/lust filled fest whenever they are near and that lust portion finally bubbles over in a fireworks type manner.

Their banter is funny; how Kingsley continually calls Aspen witch, or how Aspen refers to him as Lucifer, they never give up, even after they fall in bed together. However, the longer they stay together, they do take offence to anyone else referring to the other as their “pet” name. I love it and how possessive they are of each other.

They each have their own issues to tackle, their pasts coming back to haunt them, but always at the forefront between them is Gwen. Yes, Kingsley and Aspen share a daughter, their relationship is complicated at best. Their story is best read without any third party interference on my part, but know these two are addictive and all the build up between them (if any prior books have been read) just made this book spectacular for all the anticipation.

While this is the last book  in the Empire series, Rina wrote it as a standalone, but I feel the series is best to read from beginning to end. It’s hard to pick one couple that is my absolute favorite because I loved them all, especially how they all interconnected at the same firm. Each book brought a unique flavor, sort of like each lawyer has their own talent at Weaver and Shaw. This has been another great series by Rina Kent.

My Boss. My hell.

When I slept with a faceless jock as a teen, I didn’t think I would become pregnant.
I also didn’t think I would lose that child.
Several years later, I find out that my daughter is alive and I’m given a second chance.
One problem, though.
The faceless jock isn’t so faceless anymore.
He has a name everyone fears; Kingsley Shaw.
A ruthless bastard. A heartless devil. And most importantly, my daughter’s father.
Oh, and he hates me as much as I hate him.
We’re out to destroy one another with all methods available.
Including a dangerous game of lust that might lead to our downfall.

Empire of Lust is a complete STANDALONE. No book needs to be read prior to this.

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